Since March 2011 Iris Theatre has been encouraging and promoting the work of new musical theatre writers through our Workin Process initiative. We aim to run events that inspire new musical theatre work by prompting artists to make a creative response and form new collaborations.
For the past four years we have produced our hugely successful Christmas song writing competition, Xmas Factor. Each year Xmas Factor showcases the hottest new songwriters by putting together an incredibly talented set of emerging singers to perform the songs submitted.
Workin Process has helped to create a number of development projects, from New Musical Theatre Showcases and concerts to Songwriting Competition: Blind Date – where a couple specially selected by Iris have gone on to successfully work together and win competitions!
In 2015, Iris commissioned a new musical written by Luke Bateman and Mary Evans H.R. Haitch a writing pair born from Blind Date – the musical was performed for the first time in May 2015 and is in development again in 2017.